Weekly Security Update

Tripolitania and Tripoli 

The security situation in the capital remains relatively stable, with no major incidents being reported during the last seven days.  The threat of opportunistic crime remains extant, especially in the outlying districts of the city and during the hours of darkness. Spontaneous demonstrations remain likely, especially in the downtown areas of the capital.

In terms of reported activity, the Libyan Press Solidarity reported that a house in Hay Al Kiza area of the city, near the Al Hadba Post Office, was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade on 23 November. There were no reported injuries and the identities of the assailants are unknown.  On 26 November, the Libya Herald reported that a body calling itself the Private Deterrent Force, which is believed to be part of the extremist Nawasi militia group, said it will mutilate and execute a dozen men they allege are homosexuals. The group abducted the men at a private party in Tripoli’s Ain Zara district on 22 November. The Nawasi militia, which claims to be under the Ministry of Interior, has previously been linked to the desecration of Sufi shrines in Tripoli.

Outside of the capital, Press Solidarity reported that armed clashes took place in Mizdeh on the morning of 22 November.  Three rocket-propelled grenades were reported to have detonated against the outside wall of an ammunition facility in the town.  Libya Al Mustakbal reported that Shield of Libya forces arrested an armed group west of Zliten on 22 November.  The group had allegedly been assaulting and robbing civilians transiting the coastal road in the region.  Press Solidarity also reported that the ‘Seventh Brigade’ in Zliten joined the Ministry of Defence on 22 November.  The Zliten Military Council chief and residents of Zliten attended the official ceremony. According to the report, the brigade will be tasked with combating weapons smuggling and securing the Libyan-Tunisian border.

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